HVAC service technician is not the only career possibility for those who start out with HVAC training. Yes, the point of getting the HVAC training is normally to become a technician, but there are a variety of career paths you can take from there. Let's look at a few.
HVAC Duct Mechanic
As a duct mechanic you'll be fabricating custom air duct systems using your knowledge of HVAC, codes, and sheet metal. Besides your HVAC knowledge, you'll definitely need to be a pro with sheet metal to excel at this job.
HVAC Sales Rep Or Consultant
Using your in-depth knowledge of HVAC may help you thrive as an HVAC sales representative or sales consultant. They're the primary point of contact for both potential and current clients. An HVAC sales rep needs exceptional communication and organizational skills.
You generally need 3-5 years of HVAC field experience as foreman before becoming a super. HVAC superintendents assist in the management and organization of an HVAC construction project. The job is normally both managerial and hands-on. You need to be able to supervise subcontractors and perform the installation of ductwork and HVAC systems as needed.
HVAC Project Manager
HVAC project managers direct activity of the on-site superintendent. They give direction to commercial and residential heating and air conditioning projects. They establish objectives and policies, maintain communication with customers, and manage scope, schedule, and budget of the job.
Five-plus years of experience in HVAC is normally required, and it would benefit you to have some business administration courses under your belt too. We searched through a lot of job listings, and a bachelor's degree is generally not required, but one may help your chances at the highest paying positions.
You'll need to continue on from your associate degree in HVAC and complete a four-year engineering degree. Some people become technicians, then continue taking classes at night or on weekends to complete the required school work. To be an HVAC engineer, you need to be good—if not great—at math.
Summing It Up
With an average annual pay of $51,420 in 2019 and the top 10% making $77,920 or more (bls.gov), a career as an HVAC technician can pay a lot of bills. But being an HVAC technician can also be a good job to use as a stepping stone to an even higher paying role.
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